Cuban Picadillo with Ground Beef

1. 1 kg Minced Meat (Beef or Pork) 2. 3 tbsp Meat Masala 3. 1 tbsp Coriander Powder 4. 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder 5. 1/2 tsp Pepper Powder 6. 2 tsp Red chilli powder 7. 1 tsp Ginger Paste 8. 1/2 tsp Garlic Paste 9. 1 large Onion (sliced) 10. A sprig Curry Leaves 11. 2 tbsp Oil 12. 1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds 13. Salt, as required


Wash the minced meat thoroughly and squeeze out excess water if any. You can add a pinch of turmeric while cleaning the minced meat. Roast 2 tbsp meat masala powder, 1 tbsp coriander powder and 1 tsp chilli powder on low flame. Marinate the ground meat with the above roasted masala powders, 1 tsp ginger paste, 1/2 tsp garlic paste, 1/2 tsp pepper and salt. Keep it aside for 30 minutes. Pressure cook the marinated meat along with a little water on low flame for up to 2 whistles. You may have to cook it for more time, depending on the type of meat. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a wok and splutter mustard seeds. Add onions and curry leaves and saute till the onions are translucent. Add 1 tsp chilly powder, 1 tbsp meat masala powder and fry for a minute. Add the cooked ground meat and stir well. You may want to drain off the excess oil and water from the pressure cooked meat before adding it to the wok. Cover and cook on low flame for another 10 minutes, till the masala is finely coated on the minced meat and the water has evaporated completely.



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